Dan Christman is the 2018 Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. He received a Private Pilot certificate at age 17. Since then, he’s earned: ATP MEL, COM SEL and SEA, instrument helicopter and glider, CFI SEL/MEL, instrument airplane, helicopter, instrument helicopter and glider, AGI and IGI, Flight Engineer turbojet, and Remote Pilot small UAS. Dan is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF – Deputy Commander of the Persistent Attack and Reconnaissance Operations Center at Creech AFB, and a military instructor/evaluator pilot.
His military flight experience includes the Northrop T-38A/C Talon jet trainer, Rockwell B-1B Lancer bomber, and General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper remotely-piloted aircraft. Dan has been an active flight instructor for over 19 years with over 5,000 hours of dual instruction. He created the first aerobatic/upset recovery training program in his region for Decathlon and Yak-52 aircraft.
He is an experienced Technically Advanced Aircraft instructor specializing in Avidyne, Garmin, Aspen and Honeywell glass cockpits. He has created video content for a Helicopter Online Ground School Instrument Rating course and is a contributing instructor for a weekly helicopter safety and education course.